Engineers creating software and a driveline to pair Mercedes V8 with a stick for the first time.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage News
Time is nearly up for the outgoing Aston Martin Vantage coupe and convertible now that the new model has been released, but thanks to one fan of the car, it's going out in style. The company has created a special version of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage called the V600 at the request of a customer, and it will build just 14 of them, seven in each body style.
Aston Martin's 21st century renaissance kickstarted with the DB11, a high-dollar grand tourer that upped the outgoing DB9's dynamic envelope while keeping one foot firmly planted in the brand's aesthetically elevated roots. The sequel to Aston's bid for relevancy is the V8 Vantage, a more agile and track-focused two-seater, perennially the company's best-seller that guns for the heavyweight in the segment, the Porsche 911. With a completely updated design language and laser-like focus on perform
"My job is to make them drive like they look," Matt Becker, Aston Martin's vehicle attributes engineer, tells me. The engine is idling, and we're harnessed inside of the 2019 Vantage test mule's racing bucket seats, somewhere on a frozen lake near the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Since the Vantage is Aston's best seller, and it's representative of the things the brand stands for, it's safe to say this chilly prototype is the most important Aston Martin on the planet right now.
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Its first annual profit in eight years and a possible IPO won't be enough.
The CEO touts its expertise in weight, aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance.
A short documentary film traces the development of the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE endurance racer.
But you won't be able to get it here.
One of the last great analog experiences in motoring.
They're higher-performance versions of Aston's already high-performance cars.
No crazy turbo V6 under the hood, but it's not the worst special edition out there.
Whether it sounds good or bad is up to the beholder.